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Thomas Barnes vs Paul Morphy
Casual game (1858), London ENG
Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation (C41)  ·  0-1



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Apr-23-04  InspiredByMorphy: Morphy fully capitalizes on whites weak 16th move 16.Kh1 after 16.dxe4 its lights out!
Oct-27-05  organist: You may be <InspiredByMorphy> but I'm frustrated by Sergeant! Where can one find this game properly annotated in English or French?
Jul-20-06  Marmot PFL: White's plan of advancing the kingside pawns so early looks dubious. Ne2-f4-d5 followed by Bf4, Qd2, and Rad1 would give white a very good position.
Jun-16-09  blacksburg: there's something benoni-ish about the early middle game here.
Jul-21-10  WhiteRook48: move 14 i would probably do stuff like be3 and rad1
or have i missed a brilliant refutation?
Sep-26-16  Jimmy720: Defeating a flank attack with a strike in the center!
Aug-29-18  jabinjikanza: Good game!!!!!
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  kingscrusher: It seems Barnes played 16.Kh1 because unfortunately for him his King would be on the dreaded "diagonal of death" and Black could have made use of this fact with the crushing c4 move. If 16. e5 then black has :

c4 !!

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Thomas Wilson Barnes - Paul Morphy 0-1 0.0, Casual game London ENG 1858

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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. -+ (-3.13): 16...c4 17.Bf5 Bc5 18.Be3 d4 19.Rad1 dxe3 20.Qe2 Nbd5 21.Nxd5 Nxd5 22.Kg2 Rc7 23.bxc4 Nxf4+ 24.Rxf4 Qg5 25.Qf3 g6 26.e6 fxe6 27.Bd3 Rd7 28.Rf1 e5 29.Rf7 e4 30.Bxe4

With devastating ideas like Bc5

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